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    Approximately 200 members of the Fresno State marching band participated in a battle of the bands event this afternoon to kick off the game day events and to create a different competition outside of the fierce battle on the field.

    Held in the Boise State indoor practice facility, bands, dance teams and color guard groups performed a handful of their favorite songs in front of uDrove supporters and fans.

    The event, which was organized and announced  by KTVE radio in Boise, shared facts and short anecdotes about each school's band after they played/performed to their musical lineups with fans as a way to familiarize each team with the other.  A friendly drawing of sides was made on the field and fans for each school congregated by their school's marching band to cheer and rally as they played.

    The Bulldog marching band, the larger of the two bands today, played an array of game day music frequently heard in the confines of Bulldog Stadium on game days, including "hey baby," a fan favorite at all Fresno State athletic events. The dance team along with the majorette gave great performances for each song played in sync with the band.

    Bulldog band members, full of tons of energy as always, got into the event as it was a unique way for them to perform off the football field and stands and into a more intimate, face-to-face setting with supporters.  Many Bulldog musicians even got into the musical choices of NIU, cheering and dancing with excitement for songs they know and love to play.

    Bulldog marching band director Tim Anderson, who brought his band to Boise just three years ago for the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl with the Dogs, remembers a shining moment in the very place he and his band played at for Fresno State's last Humanitarian Bowl appearance.

    "I proposed to my now wife here in Boise three years ago to the Fresno State fight song," said Anderson. "What better way is there to ask her to marry me then doing what I love to do and to the Fresno State fight song?"

    uDrove members and supporters enjoyed lunch and warm drinks as the weather was chilly outside, in the mid to low 30's.  Fresno State band members made a nearly 14-hour, 730 mile trip to Boise and arrived in Boise Thursday afternoon, ready to play their hearts out and bring the red wave to life on the blue turf and at Bronco Stadium.


    By Andy Conli / Fresno State Athletics

    4147445.jpeg      Three former Bulldogs, Ajirotutu (89), Mathews (24) and Volek (7), play for the San Diego Chargers

    This Sunday as you flip through the channels of your NFL Sunday Ticket package, you will more than likely stumble across a player or two or eighteen who played at Fresno State during their collegiate career. Currently there are 18 former Bulldog athletes who are on 11 different NFL rosters, line-up on offense, defense or specials teams and range from rookie to 14-year veteran.  Here is a look into what they have been up to this past year in the NFL.

    Even though this year's former Bulldog rookie class is highlighted by running back Ryan Mathews, first-round pick by the San Diego Chargers, others have emerged like wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, a teammate of Mathew's on the Chargers, and punter Robert Malone of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Mathews, the No. 12 pick of the 2010 draft, is off to a solid start for the Chargers in their backfield. Mathews has racked up 382 yards on 87 rushing attempts and 92 yards on 15 receptions.  He has also punched in two rushing touchdowns. Mathews has played in all but one game which he missed due to a right ankle injury he suffered Week 2 against Jacksonville.     

    Ajirotutu, a native of El Dorado Hills, Calif., is coming off the best game of his young career two weeks ago in Houston.  Seyi made headlines by catching four passes for 111 yards and two scores to help the Chargers edge out the Texans 29-23. Ajirotutu, who averaged 16.9 yards per reception during his career at Fresno State, is averaging 20.6 yards per reception for San Diego with a long of 55 yards.

    Malone, a four-year player for the Bulldogs, was picked up by Tampa Bay right before Week 6 and started every game since. He is averaging 42.2 yards per punt with a long of 55 yards and averaged 44.3 yards per punt this last week against Carolina in a 31-16 win. Malone will travel back to his home state this week as the Buccaneers face the 49ers Sunday in San Francisco.

    A former Bulldog who is on pace to have a career season is 5th year defensive back Richard Marshall of the Carolina Panthers. Marshall, a second-round pick by Carolina, already has racked up 49 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and two interceptions. He has recorded 12 tackles and a 66-yard interception return in his previous two games.

    Tight end Bear Pascoe of the New York Giants made the switch to fullback mid-way through this season when starter Madison Hedgecock was sidelined with a strained hamstring. His blocking has helped put the Giants in the top five for rushing at this point in the season.

    Teammates Logan MankinsJames Sanders and center Ryan Wendell are part of the reason why the New Patriots are 7-2 and tied for the best record in the NFL.

    Mankins, the No. 32 pick in the 2005 draft by the Patriots, has only played in his guard position the last two weeks. His blocking this past Sunday opened up holes for the running backs and protected quarterback Tom Brady to propel New England to a 39-26 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  

    Sanders, a strong safety drafted in the fourth-round by the Patriots also in 2005, contributed to the win against the Steelers with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown.  He notched nine tackles in his last two games and has accumulated 30 tackles on the season.

    Other sets of teammates include nose tackle Bryan Robinson. tight end Stephen Spach and cornerback A.J. Jefferson of the Arizona Cardinals and cornerback Tyrone Culver and wide receiver Marlon Moore of the Miami Dolphins. Quarterback Billy Volek, a former Clovis West standout, is teammates with Mathews and Ajirotutu on the Chargers.  

    Robinson and Volek are the only former Bulldogs currently in the NFL who have been playing for over 10 years but there have been others who have been playing on Sundays for a while. Former No.1 pick David Carr, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has been in the league nine years, outside linebacker Sam Williams has been in for eight, all with the Oakland Raiders, and wide receiver Bernard Berrian of the Minnesota Vikings and running back Derrick Ward of the Houston Texans have been pro for seven years. 

    Below is a list of the former Bulldogs currently in the NFL:

    •    Seyi Ajirotutu - WR, San Diego Chargers, Rookie
    •    Bernard Berrian - WR, Minnesota Vikings, 7th year
    •    David Carr - QB, San Francisco 49ers, 9th year
    •    Tyrone Culver - CB, Miami Dolphins, 5th year
    •    A.J. Jefferson - CB, Arizona Cardinals, Rookie
    •    Robert Malone - P, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rookie
    •    Logan Mankins - G, New England Patriots, 6th year
    •    Richard Marshall - CB, Carolina Panthers, 5th year
    •    Ryan Mathews - RB, San Diego Chargers, Rookie
    •    Marlon Moore - WR, Miami Dolphins, Rookie
    •    Bear Pascoe - TE, New York Giants, 2nd year
    •    Bryan Robinson - NT, Arizona Cardinals, 14th year
    •    James Sanders - SS, New England Patriots, 6th year
    •    Stephen Spach - TE, Arizona Cardinals, 5th year
    •    Billy Volek - QB, San Diego Chargers, 11th year
    •    Derrick Ward - RB, Houston Texans, 7th year
    •    Ryan Wendell - C, New England Patriots, 2nd year
    •    Sam Williams - OLB, Oakland Raiders, 8th year  

    The Fresno State football team entered Bronco Stadium two hours prior to kickoff Friday night in Boise, Idaho. The Bulldogs will be wearing their white uniform jerseys with red pants. The Broncos will be wearing orange jerseys and orange pants.

    According to Boise State media relations, the Broncos have never worn orange at home. Also, the last time the Broncos lost at home was in 2005, when they wore white uniforms as the designated visiting team during the Humanitarian Bowl.

    The red pants Fresno State is wearing is a common uniform combination under Pat Hill, but marks the first time this year the Bulldogs have worn red pants.

    With college football already in the second half of the season, many websites have been coming out with their projections on what schools will play in the various bowl games at the end of the season.  The Fresno State Bulldogs, with their record of 5-2 and 3-1 in WAC play, are projected by all the experts to represent the WAC in a bowl game, but the specific bowl game and their opponent varies among all of them. Here is a breakdown of the different bowls and the opponents the 'Dogs have been projected to play.

    New Mexico Bowl vs. BYU/Colorado: Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, December 18 @ 11 a.m.

    Andrea Adelson of, College Football News, and Fox Sports project the 'Dogs will make their third straight appearance in the New Mexico Bowl. Fresno State played Colorado State in 2008 and Wyoming in 2009, but both and College Football News believe the Bulldogs will face a different Mountain West opponent this year, the BYU Cougars. The Cougars have a conference record of 2-2 and an overall record of 3-5, with big wins over Washington and San Diego State.  They are currently third in the Mountain West in rushing offense, rushing defense, and sacks. Fresno State is 5-4 all time against BYU.

    Fox Sports predicts the Bulldogs will see Big 12 opponent Colorado in Albuquerque, and the Buffaloes lead the series 4-1 against the 'Dogs. This is Colorado's last year in the Big 12 conference before they make the switch to the Pac 10. The Buffaloes are 3-4 on the season with wins over Colorado State, Hawaii, and Georgia, and they have the second best turnover margin in the entire Big 12.

    uDrove Humanitarian Bowl vs. Ohio: Boise, Idaho, Saturday, December 18 @ 2:30 p.m.

    If Mark Schlabach from is correct, this would be Fresno State's third appearance in the Humanitarian Bowl and their first time ever facing the Ohio Bobcats. In 2007, the 'Dogs defeated Georgia Tech 40-28, and in 2004, they edged out No. 18 Virginia 37-34 in their first appearance.  The Bobcats currently have the best record in the MAC West at 4-1, and they have an overall record of 5-3. Ohio is second in the MAC in rushing offense and 39th in the nation. They are also second in the MAC in total defense.

    Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl vs. UCLA/Notre Dame: San Francisco, California, January 9 @ 6 p.m.

    Previously known as the Emerald Bowl, this would be the Bulldog's first appearance. CBS Sports is picking the UCLA Bruins to face the 'Dogs in San Francisco, and the Bruins lead the overall series 6-2. UCLA has upset wins over No. 23 Houston and No. 7 Texas on their way to a 3-4 record. They rank fourth in the Pac 10 and 22nd in the nation in rushing, and a big reason why is sophomore running back Jonathan Franklin who is 16th in the nation in rushing yards per game. 

    Notre Dame is the choice of to go against the Bulldogs on January 9, and the 'Dogs have never faced the Fighting Irish. The Irish are 4-4 on the season, and they are led by junior quarterback Dayne Crist who is 22nd in the nation in passing and 14th in total passing yards.

    Check out some cool 'Dog Bones about tonight's game:

    •    Fresno State has 79 players in uniform for tonight's game, most for a home game in Pat Hill's tenure.
    •    Tracy Slocum will be back in deep returns along with Jalen Saunders.
    •    This is the 43rd meeting between the California State University System sister schools in a series that began in 1922.
    •    Fresno State owns the series advantage with a 30-10-2 record.
    •    Cal Poly and Fresno State meet for the first time in 25 years.
    •    The 'Dogs have a six-game winning streak against teams from California dating back to the 2006 season.
    •    The game features a battle of head coaches who were college teammates. Pat Hill and Tim Walsh played together at UC Riverside in the early 1970s.
    •    This is the third meeting between the two coaches, with Hill owning a 2-0 record over Walsh.
    •    Quarterback Ryan Coburn has a passing efficiency of .730 which ranks him ninth in the NCAA going into tonight's action.
    •    Fans can vote for Coburn for the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's top quarterback at
    •    Wide receiver Rashard Evans is back on offense and special teams after missing the last game due to injury.
    •    This the second straight year of the Bulldog Football Fiesta night.
    •    Before the game, Fresno State observed a moment of silence in memory of Nathan Ray, a member of the Bulldog marching band who passed away following the 'Dogs home opening 28-14 victory over Cincinnati from injuries suffered in a car accident.

    The last time the Bulldogs played Utah State on the road in Logan there was an exciting finish in the final seconds. Kicker Kevin Goessling hit a career-high and Fresno State record of a 58-yard field goal lifting the 'Dogs over the Aggies as time expired.


    Watch this video to relive the magic from 2008. The Bulldogs play Utah State in Logan on Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on WAC Sports Network.


    Goessling's game-winning kick!

     Senior quarterback Ryan Colburn leads the WAC and ranks second in the NCAA in passing efficiency 208.1. Northwestern's Dan Persa leads the nation at 212.35. Colburn opened his senior season with an impressive performance that included matching his career- high with four touchdown passes. He connected with four different receivers for the scores in the game.


    Colburn is the latest in a long line of great quarterbacks to wear the Bulldog jersey. Entering his second year as the starting quarterback, Colburn has been named to the Manning and Unitas Award watch lists. In 2009, Colburn was ranked No. 20 in the NCAA in passing efficiency last season (143.71).


    He has thrown 16 touchdowns and only five interceptions over his last 10 games dating back 2009. Colburn directed an offense that ranked No. 14 in the NCAA in scoring (33.85) and 17th in total offense (430.54).


    Fresno State is well known for producing top notch quarterbacks. Some the best to come out of Fresno include, Kevin Sweeney, Mark Barsotti, Billy Volek, David Carr, Trent Dilfer, Paul Pinegar and Tom Brandstater.


    Volek (San Diego Chargers), Carr (San Francisco 49ers) and Brandstater (New York Giants) are still playing in the NFL. Dilfer currently works for ESPN as a football analysts and recently was at Bulldog Stadium as a part of the broadcast.

    The Western Athletic Conference released the following earlier this week before the kickoff of the 2010 WAC football season.


    Prior to its Saturday debut at 6 p.m. MST with a Fresno State at Utah State football showdown, an additional six television affiliates are confirmed for the WAC Sports Network.


    A total of 24 affiliates in 16 markets now comprise the WAC Sports Network (WSN).  The Western Athletic Conference and its multimedia rights partner Learfield Sports announced the launch of the Network last month, and since have announced three initial games and a seven-member football broadcast team. 


    The WSN's additional coverage is comprised of affiliates in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, St. George, UT and Comcast Hometown Channel, which has significant penetration into California.


    Leading WSN as football play-by-play announcers will be Dave Harbison and Guy Haberman, with Dick Tomey and Joe Glenn serving as color commentators.  Sideline reporters are Lauren Mickler and Jenny Cavnar, with Ralph Gaston as color and sideline.



    Thanks to Katie Johnson of University Communications for creating this great postgame video and helping us tonight communicate with our fans.

    Join us on Oct. 2 for the next home football game.

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

    The Pat Hill Era has been built for this moment.


    The Bulldogs kickoff the 2010 season with the first of seven home games and welcome two-time defending Big East champion Cincinnati to Bulldog Stadium on a hot September evening.


    When tonight's kickoff is sent high into the Fresno sky, it will be 7 p.m. here on the West Coast and 10 p.m. back in Ohio, the home state of the visiting Bearcats.  The temperature is 30 degrees warmer here at Bulldog Stadium than it is in Cincinnati.


    As a university, Fresno State is also celebrating the centennial academic year.  Fresno State Normal School was founded back in 1911 and over the past 100 years has become the premier institution powering the New California.  To honor the history of the institution, the centennial logo is painted on the west and east sides of the 50-yard lines of Jim Sweeney Field.


    The 'Dogs traditional red and white checkerboard end zones define the north and south ends of the green grass surface.  The checkerboard design symbolizes Purina dog food and the idea that Bulldogs want to spend their time in the end zones so they can chow down.


    This year's season opener will feature a variety of in-game honors including the recognition of two former Bulldog student-athletes (Paul George and Ryan Mathews) who were selected in the first round of the NBA and NFL drafts at the end of the third quarter as well as a pregame ceremony for all 2009-10 WAC championship teams and individuals.


    Make sure to watch the game live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

    Fresno State's Paul Ladwig, Associate Athletics Director of Marketing and Promotions, recently made a trip down to San Diego to see former Bulldog Ryan Mathews in his NFL debut and saw a couple other 'Dogs while he was there.

    Three former Bulldog football players graced the field at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego during the 2010 NFL pre-season.

    Thumbnail image for 4147502.jpegQuarterback Billy Volek, wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, and running back Ryan Mathews are all former Bulldogs and are now competing for the San Diego Chargers at the professional level.

    "They looked and carried themselves like professional NFL athletes when they took the field," said Ladwig. "You could see they were dialed in with an intense focus before the game."

     "Around the stadium I saw red #21 Fresno State jerseys and #24 Charger jerseys," said Ladwig. "Ryan Mathews is already making an impact on the team and the public. He has great potential to be an NFL superstar."

    4147500.jpeg"He looked honored to be there as he was announced into Qualcomm Stadium. And besides Philip Rivers, Ryan received the biggest excitement from the fans," remembered Ladwig.

    "Mathews exuded an attitude of appreciation towards the fans and enjoyed being there," Ladwig explained. "He played the first half, and the best play came on a carry when Ryan put his head down and plowed through a surprised Bear, Brian Urlacher."    

    4147497.jpegHe was humble and happy to be there and at the conclusion of the game you could see this as he waved goodbye to the fans," Ladwig remembered.

    4147499.jpegThe proud moment for Paul Ladwig came seeing "all three Bulldogs, all Chargers, all on offense, and all in the game at the same time; I am positive that has never happened in an NFL huddle before."

    4147445.jpegFresno State wants to thank Dr. Chris Dobbins of PetER for the photos from the game. Fresno State also thanks Dr. Dobbins and his staff for their care of Victor E. Bulldog.

    Apparently it's not too soon to project which teams will be heading to bowl games at the end of the 2010 season.

    With the start of the college football season this week two ESPN experts, Mark Schlabach and Andrea Adelson, made their bowl picks and both have the Dogs in postseason bowl games. The two reporters are on the opposite end of the bowl schedule spectrum, one predicting the Dogs will play in the first bowl game of the season and the other in the last non-BCS bowl game.

    Schalbach predicts the Dogs will be in the New Mexico Bowl and will play Mountain West Conference opponent Wyoming on Dec. 18.

    Adelson thinks the Dogs will be playing in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on January 9, 2011 against Pac-10 opponent Oregon State. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, in addition to a new corporate partner, has tied itself to the WAC and will feature a team from the WAC against a team from the Pac-10.

    ESPN scheduled the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl the night before the BCS Championship game.

    Of the two scenarios, Schalbach's seems least likely. It's doubtful that the New Mexico Bowl would like to have the same team three years running and even less likely they want a repeat match-up of bowl opponents from the 2009 game. While it was a very entertaining game and drew great television ratings, bowl games try to avoid rematches.

    The Dogs have had great experiences in New Mexico the last two years and the fans there have welcomed the Dogs with open arms.

    Maisel's Three-Point Stance
    ESPN's Ivan Maisel also had some interesting comments on this three-point stance column this week about BYU's move to independence and Cincinnati's preparation for Saturday's game against the Bulldogs.

    With the kickoff to the highly anticipated 2010 football season just days away, fans can expect not only the thrill of the game played out on the field on Saturday by their favorite Bulldogs, but also a plethora of fun and entertaining pre-game activities at Bulldog Boulevard, a tradition at Fresno State home football games.

    This year, Bulldog Boulevard will offer fans a variety of pre-game activities and booths.  The newly formed Fresno State Dog Pound, a student reward system that awards students prizes for athletic event attendance, will offer fans a fuse ball table, pool table, shuffleboard, air hockey and two televisions equipped with Xbox gaming system for fans of all ages to play and game on. 

    To celebrate that warm, sunny Valley weather, fans can also play mini putt-putt and quarterback toss, compliments of Bulldog Sports Properties, while enjoying their favorite ice cream flavor at the Cold Stone Creamery booth, the ultimate ice cream experience.  In addition, the return of the bounce house is back, and as always, the Bulldog Shop will be on the boulevard selling all the newest and greatest Bulldog gear.

    Fans can also test their luck by entering the "Big Red Ride Contest," for a chance to win a three-year lease on a Honda CR-V SUVand free pairs of tickets to home games, compliments of Central Valley Honda dealers.  The car drawing will take place on December 3rd, and there will be drawings for tickets after each game. 

    Sponsors for this year's Bulldog Boulevard include Wells Fargo, the Golden1 credit union, OTHA, Jr. Bulldogs, China Peak and Home for Hope and Fresno Volkswagen, who will have VW's on display at the event as well.

    Many freshmen lit up the field on both lines Saturday night at the first fall football scrimmage at Bulldog Stadium. Combining veteran talent in quarterback Ryan Colburn and running back Robbie Rouse along with fresh new faces, fans got a firsthand look at the team in action.

    The biggest crowd roar came with the first touchdown of the scrimmage by freshman Victor Dean, who caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from backup sophomore quarterback Kelly O'Brien. Dean, a wide receiver from San Diego, shined in one of his first true collegiate scrimmages and plays at Bulldog Stadium.

    The defensive saw an impressive performance from true freshman Derron Smith this evening, who caught an interception and continues to show strength as a defensive back. The defensive, which has recently lost a key defensive player in junior Zak Hill due to a knee injury, will look to the 5'11" rookie from Banning, Calif., to add strength to the secondary.

    Perhaps one of the most standout performances of the night came from two freshmen, wide receiver Jalen Saunders and backup quarterback Greg Watson, who connected on a 65-yard pass to Saunders for a touchdown.

    To wrap up the scrimmage, freshman receiver Josh Harper caught a 25-yard pass for a touchdown.

    With all of these freshmen making such big plays in the first scrimmage of the year, that bodes well for the Dogs for this season and years to come.

    The excitement started early Friday morning as the kick off to Fresno State football began with a slew of early morning radio and television broadcasts live at Bulldog Stadium.

    The coverage of the 2010-2011 Bulldog season launched into action at 5 a.m., with the KMPH Great Day morning show and continued from there as six radio stations and four television groups weighed in on the ins and outs of the highly anticipated seven-home game season that will be underway Sept. 4 at home against Big East Champion Cincinnati.

    Many Valley media members pitched their tents and camped out at the stadium to interview head coach Pat Hill and quarterback Ryan Colburn along with other leading starters to dig into the action that is to come on the field. Radio stations covering today's events include KMJ 580, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio with Paul Swearingen, and the morning show with Jennifer Lipp on 105.1 The Blaze.

    The Fresno State spirit squad and dance team, along with Time Out and Victor E. Bulldog also took to the field with the team for great photo opportunities to help bring out the spirit that is Fresno State and rev up fans for an exciting season.


    The Fresno Bee, in collaboration with the Fresno State Athletic Communications office, will once again offer fans a great way to learn all about the Bulldogs before they hit the field Sept. 4 with their special edition section and preview that will run Saturday, August 28.

    The publication will include features from in-depth interviews with players and coaches, previews, biographies, depth chart, a season overview with a look into the competition and all the useful game day information from stadium maps to concessions, ticket prices and parking.  This will be a fan's hot commodity this season with a seven-home game schedule and Centennial Celebration of the University.

    This special section insert will also include photos and an intricate look into the true guts of Bulldog football, some stories behind the scenes and into the lives of student-athletes, and even a look into the life of the living Bulldog himself, Victor E. Bulldog.   This is a true fan's guide to Bulldog football, so look for your 2010 special edition of the Fresno State Bulldogs in the coming weeks.

    Football is season is fast approaching... Do you have your tickets? Here is a picture of the newest Bulldog football billboards that can be seen around Fresno.  The billboard features head coach Pat Hill, the Jackson family of Clovis, Calif. and Bob and Linda Duncan.

    The Bulldogs open the season at home against Cincinnati on Sept. 4 and have six more homes games after that, which is the most since the 1994 season.

    Mini plan packages are available now through the Bulldog ticket office. Four-game mini plan includes the Cincinnati game and any other three homes games for $185 or the three-game mini plan, which includes Cincinnati and any other two home games for $150. 5590518.jpeg Click here to get tickets! 

    Football is season is fast approaching... Do you have your tickets? Here is a picture of the newest Bulldog football billboards that can be seen around Fresno.  The billboard features head coach Pat Hill, the Jackson family of Clovis, Calif. and Bob and Linda Duncan.

    The Bulldogs open the season at home against Cincinnati on Sept. 4 and have six more homes games after that, which is the most since the 1994 season.

    Mini plan packages are available now through the Bulldog ticket office. Four-game mini plan includes the Cincinnati game and any other three homes games for $185 or the three-game mini plan, which includes Cincinnati and any other two home games for $150. 5590518.jpeg Click here to get tickets! 

    Fresno State Strength and Conditioning coach Andy Bennett spends many hours with the football team in the summer preparing the team for the start of the upcoming 2010 season. Recently Bennett and his staff was featured by KSEE 24.

    To view the story


    For the third straight year, the WAC football preview is being held at Salt Lake City's Hilton Airport in.

    The kickoff to the football season each year can many times be linked to the annual media days. The WAC Preview kicked today and the Big 12 media days are being held Dallas. Last week, the SEC took center stage in Hoover, Ala.

    Media day is a gathering of all of the coaches, selected players and all of the media that cover college football. They take over a hotel and in the lobbies, conference rooms they chat football. Talk centers around the upcoming season and a variety of issues in college sports. It's a time when the coaches and media can actually spend time talking about the sport they love. During the season, deadlines are looming and coaches don't have as much time to devote to the media as the media members would like.

    The stressors of the college season take over for the student-athletes and coaches, so this low-key setting is generally a fun event. In years past coaches and media members have played golf together and there have been some highly competitive card games in the evening.

    Pat Hill and senior All-WAC defensive end Chris Carter are representing Fresno State at this year's event. Some of the other key WAC players here are: Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State; Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada; Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii; Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose State and Nate Enderle, QB, Idaho.

    Fresno State, Boise State and Nevada coaches and student-athletes will do all of their interviews Monday afternoon.

    The 2010 Bulldog football season is fast approaching and Fresno State's Pat Hill has been recognized for his coaching ability.

    Hill was ranked No. 6 in a listing of the top Non-AQ (Automatic Qualifier) coaches by It was a list of the Top 15 coaches from the non-BCS conference schools.


    Utah's Kyle Whittingham was first on the list followed by Boise State's Chris Petersen. Peterson, Hill and Nevada's Chris Ault, No. 9 on the list, were the three WAC coaches on the list.

    "Hill has made Fresno State into a nationally respected program with the mantra to "play anybody, anytime, anywhere." He's the longest tenured coach on this list, entering his 14th season in his job with a 100-66 mark. No, Hill hasn't taken Fresno State to a BCS bowl, and his Bulldogs haven't won the WAC since 1999. But he's also had to work with resources that pale compared to his peers," Tom Dienhart, .

    Among Hill's accomplishments include producing three NFL first round draft picks during his career, most recently Ryan Mathews who was No. 12 overall in the 2010 draft by the San Diego Chargers and his ability to raise the academic reputation of the program. This past year Fresno State had a school record 18 student-athletes named to the Academic All-WAC team, two Academic All-Americans (Anderw Jackson and Robert Malone) and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award winner (Moses Harris).

    Hill and the Bulldogs open the 2010 season Sept. 4 at home against defending Big East Champion Cincinnati. Season tickets for the 2010 season now are available.

    By Steve Weakland / Fresno State Athletics Communications

    ColburnCollege Football News recently ranked the WAC's top 10 quarterbacks and a couple things didn't seem to add up.

    While all of such rankings are subjective and beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, one still has to wonder how or why some the players ended up ranked where they did.

    Take Bulldog senior Ryan Colburn for instance, who was rated as the sixth-best quarterback in the WAC behind Kellen Moore (Boise State), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Diondre Borel (Utah State), Nathan Enderle (Idaho) and Bryant Moniz (Hawaii).

    Most Bulldog fans will have a hard time seeing Colburn below a couple guys on that list, especially Moniz.

    Certainly Pat Hill's reputation for developing quarterbacks is respectable. Of his four previous starting quarterbacks, three earned first-team All-WAC honors (Billy Volek, David Carr and Paul Pinegar), three were drafted in the NFL (Volek, Carr, Tom Brandstater) and are still playing in the league.

    Former Fresno State All-American kicker Asen Asparuhov set school records and kicked his way to Bulldog glory.  After 12 years of hard work, he is now a naturalized citizen.

    ABC 30 profiled his journey and accomplishment in this special feature.

    Congratulations Asen!